Remember the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the God particle? Scientists working on the project will announce on Wednesday that they have enough evidence to show that the Higgs boson does indeed exist. That doesn’t mean they’ve found it, however: the data the scientists have obtained will demonstrate the footprint of the particle, but they still haven’t discovered it for themselves.
John Ellis, a theoretical physicist and professor at King’s College London, says the team has “discovered something which is consistent with beings a Higgs,” and concedes that from the outside it looks like scientists may indeed have found the God particle, but the team is making sure the distinction is clear.
Rob Roser, part of the team looking for the Higgs boson at Fermilab in Chicago, says what will be announced on Wednesday is comparable to finding the fossilized imprint of a dinosaur. In other words, the evidence points towards the object existing, but the team hasn’t seen it for themselves just yet.
CERN will provide data in Australia this week, and again at meetings in Geneva. The two teams handling the project, ATLAS and CMS, will reveal more public data at physics meetings in October and December.